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The Buff Orpington is a pullet. Raspberry is a pullet, however she is not a heritage Rhode Island Red: her color is too light and her body type is wrong for that.

Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

 

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Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

 

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts."

--William Shakespeare

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post #12 of 19

very good advice fromRebrascora

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post #14 of 19
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The young roo will probably get a hard time from the older girls too. From your photos, it looks like they free range or have a large area though, so he may be ok. I would still use an introduction cage and it's best to quarantine first.

 

Raising chicks is great, especially with a broody hen and your buff orp, Daisy may go broody.... probably more likely than Raspberry, but obviously most people use incubators. It's important to figure out what you will do with your unwanted male chicks in advance though. It's hard processing them for meat when you have raised them yourself and the market is flooded with unwanted cockerels already. It's also hard watching them pester the life out of your hens and pullets when they reach sexual maturity.... so you need to give it some thought in advance.

 

Good luck with them

 

Regards

 

Barbara   

We will keep a close eye on them and employ the cage. Yes, they free range during the day.

 

We want to give the nieces an intro to nature, though we will likely employ and incubator with successive attempts so we won't have to miss out on the eggs. We are considering adding two,  a Black Austrolorp and one rare breed (Langshan or Java?). 

 

We've agreed to process the excess roos and we specifically selected dual-purpose breeds. A neighbor has already requested two chickens. She is working on her husband. 

 

Thank you for your advice and best wishes. We are really excited.

post #15 of 19
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...she is not a heritage Rhode Island Red: her color is too light and her body type is wrong for that.

Thanks. That would make her a Production Red? Means more eggs once she finishes her molt. 

post #16 of 19
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Thanks. That would make her a Production Red? Means more eggs once she finishes her molt. 

Yes.

Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

 

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts."

--William Shakespeare

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Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

 

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts."

--William Shakespeare

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post #17 of 19
Do you plan on getting more birds? If not, I would be wary about having one roo to two hens. That's not a very good ratio and may end up being too much on the two pullets you have now. Too few hens/too many roos can cause stress, feather loss, and injury.
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Do you plan on getting more birds? If not, I would be wary about having one roo to two hens. That's not a very good ratio and may end up being too much on the two pullets you have now. Too few hens/too many roos can cause stress, feather loss, and injury.

Yes. We'd planned to start with 4 pullets. We didn't anticipate the roo (friendly neighbor offered the roo before we built the coop). We've read that a roo can service 10ish. We built the coop large enough to comfortably accommodate 8 and will likely ramp up to that number by spring if nature takes it's course. We could separate him if he harmed the girls, but that would defeat the purpose since we want a good protector.

 

Thanks for the advice. Another neighbor wants two of our flock and we were planning to cull one of each. Maybe we should reconsider.

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Yes. We'd planned to start with 4 pullets. We didn't anticipate the roo (friendly neighbor offered the roo before we built the coop). We've read that a roo can service 10ish. We built the coop large enough to comfortably accommodate 8 and will likely ramp up to that number by spring if nature takes it's course. 

S/b "its" course.

 

Update. We picked up the 8-weekish "roo" tonight:

 

 

 

 

 

We will take better photos and request opinions in the morning.

 

 

Btw, we are thankful we received a call on Thanksgiving Day to adopt 5 hens and a Peking duck:

1) another RIR (Rutabaga), 2) another Buff Orpington (Sunset), 3) a Barred Rock (Zeborah), 4) a Copper Easter Egger (Chocolate), 5) a Golden Easter Egger (Honey), and 6) Peking (Vanilla).

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